Blame it on the weather or point the finger at pop culture, but you wear the exact same thing as your friends. Maybe you went to a private high school and are used to this kind of thing, but maybe you were a public school kid and didn’t pick up the subtle uniformity in your classmates. Regardless of whether or not you were made to wear khakis and cream cardigans with your school’s embroidered emblem on a daily basis, we need to realize that chubbies and OBEY snapbacks have the same effect. We’re all guilty of following the trends, but who can frown upon it when they’re just so darn relevant? Let’s face it: we have officially entered the Age of the Fratagonia.
Coming in all different patterns and color schemes, Patagonia has become the military jacket of the fraternity sphere. You can throw one on when you’re running out the door and be sure to receive approximately five compliments throughout the day. Find me another article of clothing that garners that kind of respect. This Fashionisto swapped his usual ROTC uniform for a more relaxed Navajo-print Patagonia fleece, a style that can be spotted on all of us as finals creep closer by the second. By pairing the Fratagonia with the ever-popular L.L.Bean boots, classic Dockers cords in a soft caramel and a true blue North Face vest, our Fashionisto is decked out from head-to-toe in the essential cold weather uniform just in time for the first snowfall to touch down in Onandoga County.
The question with all uniformity is how we make it our own, and that freedom of expression that we all find in college can be seen in something as simple as how you style your frat wear. As always, accessories never fail to impress and bring that little something extra. A leather band Victorinox Swiss Army watch and multi-compartment North Face backpack take this look from uniform to the finals survival ensemble. Honestly, I can’t think of a lot of things better than a prepared, timely and well-dressed man.
Hint: End 2013 with a bang by acing your finals, paying homage to the colors of the year and, of course, ringing in the trends to come. Emerald was the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013, and dominates this printed fleece. If you really want to know your fashion, then always look forward. Pantone named Radiant Orchid as the color for 2014, so the subtle pop of color on our Fashionisto’s outfit makes him already ahead of the trend! Following simple guides on color forecasts and up-and-coming prints takes your typical Fratagonia to the next level of stylistic and cultural relevance.